How did your Congressman vote on the Obamacare Funding Continuing Resolution?
Recently, the Republican-led House of Representatives approved a $982 Billion continuing resolution funding certain government operations, including funding for implementation of Obamacare through 2013:
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 267-151 on Wednesday to approve a $982-billion continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through the rest of fiscal 2013 that fully funds the implementation of Obamacare during that period.
The House Republican leaders turned aside requests from groups of conservative members to include language in the bill that would have withheld funding for implementation of all of Obamacare, or, alternatively, that would have withheld funding for the Obamacare regulation that requires health-plans to provide cost-free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.
As noted, the inclusion of Obamacare funding in the Continuing Resolution drew strong opposition from many conservatives. Erick Erickson attempted to rally opposition to stop the Obamacare funding in the House:
Republicans in the House are going to pass a continuing resolution in which they will endorse Obamacare and its funding. That is a fact. Congressmen like Jim Jordan (OH), Tom Graves (GA), Marsha Blackburn (TN), Mick Mulvaney (SC), Tom Cotton (AR), Raul Labrador (ID) and so many others conservatives will probably vote for the rule to ensure the continuing resolution passes, then vote against it on the floor to claim they really did not endorse Obamacare.
But they will have enabled it and ensured it passed and Republicans in Congress will have ensured Obamacare never goes away. They will, like with the Violence Against Women Act, talk out of both sides of their mouths and hope you ignore one vote and believe another.
THE CLOSED RULE:
An effort to remove Obamacare funding from the continuing resolution was attempted in the U.S. House, but the House Rules Committee, under Chairman Pete Sessions, imposed a “closed rule” that prevented any amendment to the Continuing Resolution. Conservative groups, including Freedomworks, tried to open the rules, but Pete Sessions’ closed rule stayed in place. Thus, amendment of the bill to remove or restrict any part of Obamacare was prohibited. Owing to the imposition of the “closed rule,” the Continuing Resolution was considered without amendment.
Chairman Sessions explains his actions as follows:
A coalition of House conservatives, including Texas conservative Reps. Louie Gohmert and Steve Stockman, opposed the bill on the floor, but there were not enough of them.
The Texas delegation to the U.S. House voted on the Continuing Resolution, including Obamacare funding, as follows:
Jackson Lee, Sheila
BOTTOM LINE: If your Congressman voted ‘YEA’ on the Continuing Resolution, they voted to fund Obamacare through 2013.
The CR then went over to the Senate. Senator Ted Cruz announced he would oppose the Continuing Resolution if Obamacare funding stayed in the bill:
“[W]hen the Senate votes on the Continuing Resolution, I intend to offer a “Restore Growth First” amendment which will delay funding of Obamacare. I believe we should continue to delay such funding at least until economic growth returns to historic averages, and I intend to object to consideration of any Continuing Resolution that does not include a vote to delay funding of Obamacare.”
Senator Mike Lee announced he was joining join Cruz:
“I will join Senator Cruz in objecting to Senate consideration of any Continuing Resolution without a vote on delaying funding of Obamacare. Defunding Obamacare is essential to restoring economic growth. At this time of fiscal turmoil, Congress shouldn’t borrow more money to pay for something we cannot afford. Although I would prefer a full repeal of Obamacare, we should at minimum delay its implementation until our country is experiencing real, sustained economic growth.”
Senator Marco Rubio supported the effort, as well:
“Senator Cruz from Texas is offering this amendment to defund Obamacare. If that gets onto the bill, in essence if they get a continuing resolution and we vote on that and we can pass it onto a bill, I will vote for a continuing resolution, even if it’s temporary, because it does something permanent and that is de-fund this health care bill, this Obamacare bill that is going to be an absolute disaster for the American economy.”